In a regular weekly column on Rotoworld, we reflect on the tournaments just gone and also take an early peek at the action ahead on the PGA and European Tours.
Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship
1. (-19, 269) Lee Westwood (Odds: 66/1)
2. (-17, 271) Tommy Fleetwood (Odds: 10/1)
2. (-17, 271) Matthew Fitzpatrick (Odds: 20/1)
2. (-17, 271) Victor Perez (Odds: 66/1)
5. (-15, 273) Louis Oosthuizen (Odds: 16/1)
Notes: A 25th European Tour win for Westwood, who has now won in four separate decades. While there was a four-year gap between Nos. 23 and 24, it’s only 14 months since Westwood last tasted victory (Nedbank Golf Challenge in November, 2018) so he remains a force at 48 years of age. He becomes the eighth player to win multiple Rolex Series events while this is his second victory in the Middle East. Shane Lowry captured this event last year and then went onto win his first major later in the season. Could Westwood do the same? Fitzpatrick, still just 25, has five European Tour titles but has lost the habit for now; this was his sixth second place since November 2018. Perez, like Fleetwood, closed with a 63 and is playing some seriously good golf. A win, two seconds and a fourth have cemented his position in the world’s top 50.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: Koepka immediately clicked into gear with an opening 66 but the rust kicked in after that and he was never a factor. Cantlay also threatened to get involved at the business end before falling back to finish alongside his compatriot in tied 34th but the two tried-and-trusted course specialists, Fleetwood and Oosthuizen, both delivered the goods. Englishman Fleetwood now has two wins and a second in the last four years at Abu Dhabi GC while this was Oosthuizen’s fourth top five in six editions of the ADGC.
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Farmers Insurance Open
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Dubai Desert Classic
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